President Michael D Higgins: after Milan, he and his wife will go to Rome, where Il Tradimento e Poesie (Poems and Betrayal), an Italian translation of his poems, will be launched. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

President Michael D Higgins will officially open the Irish National Day at Expo 2015 in Milan this morning. Timed to coincide with Bloomsday, the Iri(...)

When it comes to Northern Ireland, names such as JW Anderson and Sharon Wauchob immediately spring to mind as fashion designers who are recognised (...)

Joseph ‘Beau’ Biden, attorney general of Delaware, who has died from cancer.

Former Delaware attorney general Beau Biden, son of US vice president Joe Biden, died on Saturday after battling brain cancer, the vice president s(...)

US first lady Michelle Obama at Tuskegee University. Photograph: Brynn Anderson/AP Photo

During a commencement speech at Tuskegee University in Alabama, United States first lady Michelle Obama spoke frankly about the role her racial ide(...)

A shocking set of racist emails sent by senior Ferguson law enforcement officials depict Barack Obama as a chimpanzee

A shocking set of racist emails sent by senior Ferguson law enforcement officials depict Barack Obama as a chimpanzee and characterise Michelle Oba(...)

Malala Yousafzai: “The leaders of Nigeria should commit to work together and make the case of the Chibok girls a priority in their first 100 days in office, as well as the education of every Nigerian child.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, has criticised Nigerian and world leaders for not doing enough to free (...)

Proposed taxes would help fund another progressive initiative that US president Barack  Obama announced earlier this month: two years of free community college education for an estimated nine million students. Photograph:  Mandel Ngan/AFP Photo/Getty Images

President Barack Obama will on Tuesday night use his state of the union address, the annual declaration of his legislative hopes, to rally support for(...)

The men of our parliament have it in their hands to make 2015 the year Ireland stood up for all of its women. Photograph: Getty Images

It might not seem like it at the moment, but good things have actually happened to some women in the world this year. There were massive reductions on(...)

NBA king LeBron James was criticised by British media when he put his arm around Kate Middleton while wearing a sweaty post-game shirt after the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Brooklyn Nets in New York. Photograph: Neilson Barnard/The New York Times

The US was just recovering from the royal visit of Wills and Kate to New York and Washington when the tabloid gods rained down another celebrity ne(...)

Get away at home If you want a little pre-Christmas detox, the Cliff House Hotel (thecliffhousehotel.com) in Ardmore, Co Waterford is runnin(...)